World's first space hotel plans grand opening in just six years

Source: The Hill | March 4, 2021 | Anagha Srikanth

The station’s namesake is a German engineer who worked for the Nazi rocket development program.

So you get to outer space. Then what? Where do you go? Where do you stay? 

A California company is joining the race to build the first commercial space construction project with plans for a grand opening in 2022.

“You could call it a destination hotel, a low Earth orbit cruise ship, or a city in space with a spaceport. But the best way to understand this complex piece of infrastructure is to look to its namesake: The Gateway,” says the foundation website

The Von Braun station is named for Wernher von Braun, a German aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology — for the Nazi rocket development program — before working on the United States’s Apollo space program. Despite the controversial history, his designs from more than half a century ago are the inspiration for the hotel, Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at the Gateway Foundation told CNN Travel, although with modern materials and technology. 

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Of course, first you’ll have to get there — via a 24-hour trip. For that, the company is also planning to build the Voyager Class Station, a terminal for spacecraft that will also house employees, scientists and tourists. It’s not going to be cheap, but the company is ambitious, hoping to sleep 352 people with a maximum capacity of 450 at the cost of “a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland.”

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